ROCKLEDGE – Merritt Island’s boys prevailed over Rockledge, 14-12, in the District 17 lacrosse final Thursday at McClarty Stadium.
The Mustangs started out slowly as Rockledge led 4-1 by the second quarter, but they were able to tie the game at 6 by halftime.
Mustangs coach Dan Dolente said that early lead “was a testament to the team we were playing,” but added, “We were up to the game.”
Merritt Island’s defense was able to rally after the first quarter and prevent the Raiders from getting in position to shoot effectively, Dolente said. It was a highly physical match with each team incurring six penalties, predominantly for slashing and pushing.
Dolente said his younger team had to play around Rockledge’s size and strength by using more finesse with the stick and passing, ultimately leading to the win.
Reid Elkins led the Mustangs in scoring with four goals and four assists.
Melbourne’s Reid Pitten (1) pursues MCC player Jakob Meehan (19) during Thursday’s district championship game in Melbourne.
MCC boys defeated Melbourne 12-5 in the District 18 championship, also Thursday. Kyle Johnson scored five goals for the Hustlers. They won their fourth title in a row. Merritt Island and MCC will face off next week.
“They’re the best team in county,” Dolente said. “It’s going to take everything we’ve got.”
In the District 17 girls title game, Rockledge beat Merritt Island 11-5, also at McClarty Stadium.
The District 18 girls final will be played tonight at 7 at Melbourne.
Rockledge girls earn another state tennis trip
ROCKLEDGE – Rockledge High’s girls tennis team earned a repeat trip to the state tournament with a 4-2 homecourt win over Suncoast on Thursday.
After falling behind 0-2, sisters Katie and Emily Sidor took control of their No. 1 doubles match for a 6-2, 6-0 win to clinch the team victory. Kaitlin Ruether started the day off with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles over Natalia Pluta.
Ruether will try to win her state singles bracket again as she did last year, when the Raiders placed second overall in Class 2A to Gulliver Prep. She expects last year’s performance to give her a boost at Red Bug Lake Park in Casselberry beginning Wednesday.
“You know what the experience is like and that it was super fun, so that’s the motivation to go back,” she said. “We loved it, and we have two seniors who are in their last year.”
Merritt Island lost to Suncoast 5-2.
Holy Trinity’s girls were eliminated by Oxbridge Academy in 1A competition Tuesday, 4-2. Melbourne’s boys lost at Fee Avenue to Jensen Beach 6-1 in 3A.
Viera boys win district track and field
The Viera boys track and field team won the District 9-4A title on Thursday in Vero Beach, while the girls team finished second in its standings.
Hayley Lofton won four individual events, the 100-meter hurdles in 14.82 seconds, 300 hurdles (49.39), long jump (17-71/2) and triple jump (35-1 3/4).
Nick Bandos matched his season best with a winning 14-0 pole vault, and J.P. Caglione took the shot put with a distance of 45 feet, 103/4 inches. Daniel Headley’s triple jump (44-2) also won.
Lance Reynolds won the 400 in 52.46 seconds, and the Hawks won the 4×100 relay (43.08).